19 Sep 2014

4th try today to elect Vanuatu president

7:51 am on 19 September 2014

Vanuatu's first president, Ati George Sokomanu, is urging the 58 members of the Electoral College to put the national interest first and elect the country's new president today.

Mr Sokomanu made the appeal after the Electoral College yesterday failed for the third time to elect one of the 13 candidates.

Another meeting of the college, made up of the country's MPs and the six provincial governors, is set for today.

8 of the 13 candidates did not receive any votes yesterday with the new frontrunner a former clerk of parliament, Lino Bulekuli dit Saksak, who got 21 votes.

38, a two thirds majority, are needed to become president.

Mr Sokomanu says it can be a costly exercise with the politicians being paid thousands of dollars in expenses.